Thousands of passengers stranded aboard a cruise ship in Hong Kong for five days were allowed to disembark on Sunday February 9th after all 1,800 crew members tested negative for coronavirus.

Health authorities in the Asian financial hub said the crew and passengers have been released from quarantine imposed because of fears some staff could have contracted the deadly virus on a previous voyage.

The World Dream found that three Chinese passengers between January 19th and 24th were later found to be infected with coronavirus, but fortunately it was not passed on to any of the crew.